Rajya Sabha

November 20, 2019

Md Nadimul Haque speaks on the devastating effects of Cyclone Bulbul

Md Nadimul Haque speaks on the devastating effects of Cyclone Bulbul


Respected Chairman, I would like to draw your attention and through you of the whole House to the devastating impact that Cyclone Bulbul has recently had in West Bengal and Odisha. The cyclone has affected the lives of thousands of people with houses being brought down and electricity cables being snapped in six districts of West Bengal namely Sir, East Midnapore, North and South 24 – Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah.

Sir, the Irrigation and Waterways Department, the Power Department and sectors such as fisheries and animal resources have suffered losses. There has been heavy damages to roads in affected areas as well. The greatest casualty has been the Agricultural sector with huge losses.

Sir, the areas are now limping back to normal. A robust plan has been implemented to ensure that the farmers are being compensated for their losses before the next harvest. Family members of those who have lost their lives have been compensated to the tune of Rs 2,40,000 and as many as 4,35,000 tarpaulin and 6.2 lakh water pouches have been distributed by the state Public Health Department.

Damaged roads are being repaired but the total loss incurred by the State as of now is Rs 23,811 crore and the survey suggest that this loss could go upto Rs. 50000 crore.
Sir, you must be knowing that the Indian Meteorological Department, they have released data that shows there has been a 32% increase in the number of cyclones and super cyclones in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

In this scenario, Sir, climate change becoming a serious concern and I urge the government that this loss that our state has faced should be compensated by giving extra relief and extra disaster management funds to us.

Thank you, Sir.